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The Atari Jaguar was Atari's last major console to hit the market and released in 1993. It was marketed as the first 64 bit console.

A CD add-on was released in 1995.

Why it Flopped

  1. Most of the system's library didn't really show much improvement graphically compared to the Super Nintendo and Sega Mega Drive/Genesis despite being advertised as a more powerful console, causing gamers at the time to quickly lose interest in the system and doubt its claims of being 64-bit.
  2. The Jaguar is actually a 32-bit console but it used multiple processors to technically make it 64-bit. Due to the unusual and complex design of the system's hardware and processors it was very difficult to develop games for. As a result and most of the games couldn't properly take advantage of the Jaguar's capabilities.
  3. Only 67 games were commercially released in the Jaguar's lifespan
  4. The packed-in game Cybermorph wasn't particularly impressive.
  5. Atari's financial problems and declining reputation kept third party developers away.
  6. There weren't many good and exclusive games that would make gamers want to buy the console.
  7. The controller was bulky with the phone keypad considered very difficult to master, though some games came with overlays.
  8. The system did not have a dust tray to protect the cartridge slot from dust.
  9. The console was meant to have a sucsessor, known as the Atari Panther, but was cancelled due to the Jaguar being a commercial failure.

Redeeming Qualities

  1. It does have some great games such as Tempest 2000 and Alien vs. Predator.
  2. Its port of Doom comes the closest of all console ports as being as close to the PC version as possible (although it lacks music).
  3. The source code is available for homebrewers.
  4. Since there are only 67 games it shouldn't be too difficult to collect the entire library.

Reception

Though it is a commercial failure that ended Atari's home console market, it developed a small fanbase.

Trivia

  • Many units were turned into dentist equipment and its design was used for the infamous Retro Chameleon.
  • If you plug in the CD add-on the console looks like a toilet.

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